Carl Charlier

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Carl Vilhelm Ludwig Charlier (April 1 1862November 5 1934) was a Swedish astronomer.

He received his Ph.D. from Uppsala University in 1887, later worked there and at the Stockholm Observatory and was Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Observatory at Lund University from 1897.

He made extensive statistical studies of the stars in our galaxy and their positions and motions, and tried to develop a model of the galaxy based on this.

He won the James Craig Watson Medal in 1924 and the Bruce Medal in 1933.

Craters on the Moon and on Mars are named after him, as is the asteroid 8677 Charlier.

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